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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 5 (2005) pp 415-415

Mnemonic for Oxoanion Formulas

M. G. Marmorino

Department of Chemistry, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN 46634,
Received June 27, 2005. Accepted September 22, 2005.

Published online: 18 October 2005

Abstract. “NO-CO-SO-PO,” No Cola [or] Soda Pop, and “Clean slice [of] sucrose pie” are two mnemonics introduced to aid recollection of the charge and number of oxygen atoms in common oxoanions encountered in general chemistry courses.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; nomenclature; chemical formulas; mnemonics; oxoanions

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Issue date: December 1, 2005

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